Business Organizations & Resources

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West Hollywood Organizations

West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization of businesses providing seminars, networking events, advocacy, monthly newsletter and centralized referral services for the business community.
(323) 650-2688

Design District Business Improvement District (BID)
The Design District BID works to market and promote the area as a premier destination for art, design, restaurants, boutiques and specialty retail.
(310) 770-3249

Sunset Strip Business Improvement District (BID)
The Sunset Strip BID works to market and promote the Sunset Strip as a premier destination for entertainment, nightlife, dining and hospitality and tourism.
(310) 770-3249

Employment Service & Training (WHEST)
The City of West Hollywood, in partnership with JVS Los Angeles, offers free employee recruitment and training services through the WHEST office located inside the City of West Hollywood Library. These services are available to new and existing West Hollywood businesses.
(310) 652-6378

County Agencies

Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
Register a DBA / Fictitious Business Names
(800) 201-8999

Los Angeles County Health Department
Issues health department permits for restaurants, retail food facilities, and businesses manufacturing food and drink.

Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)
The LAEDC’s Business Assistance team offers confidential, free-of-charge consulting to large and small, domestic and international businesses across all industry sectors.

Los Angeles County Assessor Office
Provides parcel and building history and property tax information.
(213) 974-3211

Los Angeles County Fire Prevention
Responsible for conducting new construction field inspections, annual business inspections and minor plan checks for building, processes and fire extinguishing systems in addition to containing certain specialized units.
(310) 358-2380

Los Angeles County Sheriff (West Hollywood Division)
The LASD West Hollywood Station provides law enforcement services for the City of West Hollywood.
(310) 855-8850

State Agencies

California Secretary of State
Register a corporation, limited liability company or partnership.
(213) 897-3062

Department of Alcohol Beverage Control
Responsible for permitting and enforcement of alcoholic beverage sales.
(213) 833-6043

California Department of Tax & Fee Administration (Board of Equalization)
Sale or lease of merchandise, vehicles, or other tangible property. A Seller’s Permit allows you to sell items at wholesale or retail level.
(626) 480-7200

Department of Consumer Affairs
Information relating to licensing requirements at the state level for specific business entities.
(800) 952-5210

Business Resources

City of West Hollywood Business Tax Reduction Program
A special tax exemption offered to new businesses in their first 12 months of operation, 50% reduction in year 2.

California Business Portal
Find all the tools and resources you need to get your business up and running in California, including incentives, business assistance, registration and permits and workforce information.

Assists businesses in finding appropriate permit information at all levels of government and provides contact information for the various agencies that administer & issue permits.

Los Angeles County SMART Funding
Offers competitive loan programs created to assist a variety of established businesses located in Los Angeles County.

Small Business Development Center
A non-profit agency with funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps small business owners succeed with low-cost training and no-cost one-on-one advising from experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts.

Los Angeles SCORE
A volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. Provides free business mentoring services and low-cost business workshops and seminars by active and retired business executives and entrepreneurs.

U.S. Small Business Administration
Provides loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions, resources, and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

U.S. Export Assistance Center, Los Angeles (Export.Gov)
Provides assistance to help companies get started in exporting or increase export sales to new global markets.

Southern California Edison – Economic Development Services
Electric utility for West Hollywood. Provides free one-on-one, specialized consulting services and energy assessments to local businesses. After assessing your business, they will propose a package of available incentives, tools and programs to reduce your operating costs and help make your business more competitive.

Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (LAGLCC)
The LAGLCC advances common business interests, economic growth, and equality in the workplace and society for its LGBTQ members, businesses, and allies by providing educational, networking, and community building opportunities.
(323) 570-4697